• Discovery Place provides free resources for the ministries of United Methodist churches within the Susquehanna Conference. We are located at the Conference Center in Mechanicsburg and are open weekdays from 9 am – 1 pm. Other hours can be arranged by appointment. We invite you to visit us.
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Resource Spotlight

Merry Christmas!  (Well, almost!)  Now is the time to call or e-mail to reserve an Advent study from Discovery Place.  Here are some suggestions to help you in the process. All studies listed here include a DVD, a book, and a leader’s guide.

Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph
, by Adam Hamilton (2017).  As the earthly father of Jesus, Joseph’s place in the Nativity story is sometimes overlooked, but contains valuable lessons for all of us.  4 sessions.  One copy of the book in large print is also available. (Please note: all 15 of our copies are already reserved for Advent 2017, so think ahead to 2018 and reserve now!)




Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break
, by James W Moore (2017). As we journey through Advent, we reflect on the unbreakable gifts that God has given us: hope, love, joy, and peace….and of course the greatest gift of all: Jesus.  5 sessions.






Down to Earth, by Mike Slaughter (2016). Have we ever really grasped the miracle that took place in Jesus’ birth? We will be challenged in this study to respond to this miracle with down-to-earth love, humility, lifestyle, and obedience.  4 sessions.





All I Want for Christmas: Opening the Gifts of God’s Grace, by James W Moore (2016). Christmas has some amazing gifts for us, but we often need the miracle of God’s grace to experience and celebrate them. This study asks a very personal question: What are the gifts you would really like to receive from Christmas this year?  5 sessions.






The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem, by Adam Hamilton (2011). Filmed in the Holy Land, this study retraces the actual path of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. 5 sessions, plus a bonus session: The Holy Land Today.





Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas, by Jorge Acevedo (2015). God sent Christ at Christmas. And Christ sends us. Each session is led by a different presenter, all of whom are clergy. The sessions begin with a story about Advent or Christmas, followed by a lively discussion among the presenters.  5 sessions.





Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem
, by Adam Hamilton (2014). In this book, Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and the resurrection. He then travels back in time as Jesus’ life and ministry unfolds, ending at the beginning: with the Christ Child being born in a stable. 5 sessions.





In addition to these studies, there are numerous others from which to choose.  Click on “online catalog.”  You can search by title or author and read full descriptions of each of these resources. You can also choose “advanced search” and under subject, use the drop-down menu and select Christmas/Advent.  This will give you a complete listing of everything in Discovery Place that relates to this blessed season.  You can place an order directly from the online catalog, call 717-766-7968, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Serving Christ with you,
Joni Robison